About Adria


Adria Zimmerman, SEP, BASE, DARe is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner who works with people suffering from the debilitating symptoms related to trauma. Adria has been in private practice, specific to trauma work, for 14 years. She owes her own healing and resilience to the work of Somatic Experiencing®.

Adria is a primary faculty training assistant and has assisted extensively in the SE trainings helping graduate hundreds of SE practitioners. She is approved at all levels to provide sessions and/or consults to students seeking certification for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute trainings, Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, BASE® Bodywork and Somatic Education for Trauma Therapists and DARe, Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience.

Her Somatic Experiencing® Certification comes from 10 years of ongoing training in Trauma Resolution from the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute with:

Dr. Peter Levine
Dr. Levine received his PhD in medical biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of “Somatic Experiencing®.” Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Dr. Diane Poole Heller
Dr. Heller is an an established expert in the field of trauma resolution, Attachment Models (DARe) and Integrative healing techniques. As a Senior Faculty member for SETI, Diane teaches Somatic Experiencing in the US and Internationally. Her book “Crash Course”, a guidebook on how to resolve auto accident trauma, is used as a resource for healing trauma in the US and internationally.

Ariel Giarretto, MFT, SEP, LMT
Ariel Giarretto has been specializing in the treatment of both shock and developmental trauma since 1993. She practices in the US, Europe, and Canada as a somatic psychotherapist, a teacher and consultant. She works closely with Dr Levine, and is a practitioner and teacher of his model. She is intimately involved with the SE training programs and assists and mentors students worldwide.

Two Year Training – Somatic Experiencing Touch Training for Psychotherapist with Kathy Kain

Kathy Kain, M.Ed.
Kathy Kain, M.Ed., SE Director of Training has been practicing and teaching bodywork and trauma recovery skills for nearly 30 years. She is faculty and a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program and is the Director of Training and Education for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She is a adjunct faculty at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia. She is coauthor of Ortho-Bionomy; A Practical Manual.

Two Year Training – BASE™, Bodywork and Somatic Education for Trauma Therapists with Dave Berger

Dave Berger, LCMHC, PT, MA
Dave Berger, LCMHC, PT, MA, SE Faculty has practiced physical therapy and psychotherapy for 29 years, uniquely integrating his practices for clients with physical pain and movement problems, trauma histories, back and neck problems, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. He uses a diverse array of traditional and complementary healing practices. Dave is a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner, consultant and faculty trainer in SE, In addition to teaching the Somatic Experiencing model, Dave also teaches a post-advanced training in BASE™, Bodywork and Somatic Education for trauma therapists.

Two year training – Healing Attachment Wounds, DARe- Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Diane Poole Heller, PhD.
Diane Poole Heller, PhD. is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution and integrative healing techniques. She is the developer and trainer of the two year training DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience) series on Adult Attachment, Trauma, Attachment Models and their dynamics in childhood and adult relationships, as well as many other topics. She has lectured and taught around the world.

Informing Adria’s work also comes from certification and participation in field related workshops:
• Aggression, Depression, Triumph and Breath Master Class with Peter A. Levine, PhD
• Complex Trauma and Syndromes Master Class with Peter A. Levine, PhD
• Pre and Perinatal Birth Process Workshops, Ray Castellino
• Working with Affective (Emotional) Symptoms – SE Faculty, Raja Selvam, PhD,
• The Body Trap-Unlocking Eating Disorder – A Siegel, LCSW, SEP
• Sensory Integrative Approach Treating Disorders of Trauma – Ana Do Valle OTR, SEP
• Sensory Integration & Affect Regulation – Ana Do Valle, OTR, SEP and Robert Scaer, MD,SEP “The Trauma Spectrum”

Greensboro, North Carolina is home to her practice since 2001, with outreach locations in Chapel Hill and Winston Salem.

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute Training is approved by:
• APA – American Psychological Association
• NBCC – National Board of Certified Counselors
• NASW – National Association of Social Workers
• BBS – California Board of Behavioral Sciences
• BRN- California Board of Registered Nursing
• NCCAOM – National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
• NCBTMB – National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
• NAADAC – Association for Addictions Professionals
• RISI – Rolf Institute Elective Credit

Adria welcomes all ages, ethnicities and orientations.